Nadal shows no mercy in victory over friend Gasquet

Nadal shows no mercy in victory over friend Gasquet

Nadal shows no mercy in victory over friend Gasquet

In fact, he hasn't even taken a set off him in 10 years.

He's making money by winning matches, he's making history as the ninth Italian man to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal in the Open era after Martin Mulligan (1970 Roland Garros), Adriano Panatta (1972-73, 1975-77 Roland Garros; 1979 Wimbledon), Paolo Bertolucci (1973 Roland Garros), Corrado Barazzutti (1977 US Open; 1978, 1980 Roland Garros), Cristiano Caratti (1991 Australian Open), Renzo Furlan (1995 Roland Garros), Davide Sanguinetti (1998 Wimbledon), Fabio Fognini (2011 Roland Garros).

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"Just a insane match", the third-seeded Cilic said.

Rafa is the favourite to win the French Open this year.

Rafael Nadal's safe passage to the French Open last-16 was rarely threatened by Richard Gasquet, as the Frenchman lost his 16th straight match against the world No. 1.

Johnson, ranked 46th, has never been to the round of 16 at Roland Garros.

"When he plays on his backhand, he has an intensity which is monstrous", Gasquet said after the latest loss.

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Nadal will next meet the 22-year-old lefty from Germany Maximilian Marterer who ended the run of lucky loser Jurgen Zopp. "All I know is about me", he said. Zverev reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final enduring a slightly easier streak of comeback wins that confirmed he's not suffering anymore when the match goes to the distance.

Nadal will next play 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, who rallied to beat Kevin Anderson 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (0), 6-2.

"He is very photogenic, for me he is the one to photograph", she said. The Spaniard made one particular ball boy extremely happy as he played a few shots with him on the court after his match.

There was further disappointment for the French supporters as Gael Monfils squandered four match points in the fourth set against David Goffin, as the Belgian secured a 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 4-6 7-5 6-3 victory to book a last-16 tie with Italy's Marco Cecchinato. She will next play 10th-seeded Sloane Stephens. He broke Mischa three times.

Isner had 17 aces and saved the only break point he faced in a tight contest, breaking Herbert's serve just once in seven attempts.

Later, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will face five-time major victor Maria Sharapova on the same court.

Top seed and Romanian tennis ace Simona Halep and Russia's Maria Sharapova comfortably beat their opponents and progressed to the third round of the French Open here on Thursday.

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